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The Artesia Police Department will be out in force during the month of June, conducting operations and sobriety checkpoints in an effort to get impaired drivers out from behind the wheel.

“It will not be good enough for us until we get all drunk drivers off of the roads,” said Cmdr. Lindell Smith of the APD. “We ask that drivers make the right decisions concerning consuming alcohol and climbing behind the wheel of such a dangerous weapon as a modern automobile.”

Smith says while many drivers choose to make the right decisions about driving while impaired, there will always be those who choose to make the wrong one.

The APD commends those who think of others when deciding how to get home after drinking, whether it be walking, calling a friend or family member for a ride, or making plans to stay the night at their location.

“We look forward to congratulating you on a decision well made instead of you hearing the magic words, ‘You are under arrest,’” Smith says, “or even worse, your family hearing that you have been injured or killed in a preventable accident.”